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RICK RUTHERFORD’S COUNTRY
It has been nearly 6 months! On December 30th 2017 life changed, and in a big way.
Stowing away Christmas decorations after another wonderful festive season in the Rick Rutherford’s Country heritage store in Lawson, yours truly came a cropper. At the end of a long hot day, on the umpteenth trip up the ladder into the attic, I fell off and crashed to the floor, smashing my left leg in the process. Seven hours surgery and a week in hospital, I was finally sent home in a full cast on a Zimmer frame!
And so, no longer capable of standing all day and running my business, the building has sadly been emptied, restored from floor to rafters, and put onto the market as I continue the long process of repair and healing.
Not one to take such a set back lightly, I’ve used the time productively. Between all the physio and exercise I’m thrilled to say that I have done something that I have wanted to do for years … and it has just been completed. My second coffee table book – ‘A Christmas Memory … Wroxton Revisited’ – is now finished and in design, with printing to be complete by the end of August and distribution by mid September … the perfect Christmas present for all!
It’s just beautiful and I’m so proud of it. It maybe should be sub-titled ‘Australian Country Collections Revisited’ though. As a consequence of almost divine leading, the 144page hardcover book has very much taken the form of the national decorating magazine for which I first established my name on the Australian publishing scene and wrote for a decade. It’s inspirational, it’s full of ruminations and observations, insights and ideas. It will be available via my website here by mid September and via the Rick Rutherford’s Country Facebook page, and direct via email or phone. You can reserve your copy via the contacts page here or drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org
As life has taken a major change in direction for 2018, I’m blessed to say that it has also brought me full circle, for I’m thrilled to announce that Christmas in July and annual November and December Christmas celebrations will see me back together with my beautiful ‘partner in crime’ Jan Parlett. Jan and I started the Rick Rutherford’s Country concept store in Lawson NSW in October 2007 and it was with her encouragement, professional guidance and love that I continued on alone after she left me to return home to Grenfell NSW, purchasing the old Exchange Hotel in Main Street and turning it into what can best be described as Australia’s most unique and enchanting vintage country department store … within a heritage hotel!
And so, in July 2018 and again in November and December we are reuniting to present to the nation what will assuredly be the best Yulefest celebrations and what is shaping up to be Australia’s biggest Christmas showcase ever! Particularly with regards to the end of the year festive observances, there will be dozens and dozens of themed showcase trees and all the other amazing treasures and trappings for which we have both become renowned. And I’ll be on hand throughout the season too, eager to greet all my old friends and new customers alike. As the charming township of Grenfell offers a range of food and accommodation options, both the mid and end-of-year events will afford everyone the perfect escape away for the day or even the whole weekend.
Indeed life does throw up all sorts of changes and challenges, and when least expected. While I have struggled to accept my fate during past months, I have now come to where I can categorically say that the divine hand of providence and protection has brought me to this place. I so look forward to all the wonderful challenges ahead and enthusiastically welcome the exciting opportunities the future holds, bringing with them the delightful promise of being able to continue to share and connect with special souls such as yourselves.
I hope to hear from you all soon, and better still, to see you in person to share and celebrate.
God bless all my dear friends and supporters.
PS: For all the updates on Jan’s amazing business and our various events together, see the Jan Parlett’s Country Experience Facebook page or her website at www.jparlettcountry.com
It’s on its way … presently in production and writing. Photography is happening (as above), words are coming together, designs are being visualised. ‘A Christmas Memory … Wroxton Revisited’ will be on sale by mid September this year – available by direct purchase here through the Contacts tab, via the RRC Facebook page as well as from J. Parlett’s Country Experience in Grenfell, NSW.
Meanwhile the remaining 50 copies of Rick’s first book – ‘Rick Rutherford’s Country Christmas at Wroxton’ (left) – are currently being cleared at the amazing price of $25 which includes postage to anywhere in Australia.
To grab your copy of this hugely-collectable first edition, drop us an email to email@example.com, message via Facebook or phone us on
0419 977 758 (card or direct deposit)
Images of Rick’s former heritage gallery in ‘Badger House’, Lawson NSW at Christmastime 2018 below
Biography – Rick Rutherford
‘Who is this man’ I have often heard asked? What is his claim to fame? I aspire to no notoriety – I just have a passion for what I do and where I live, and am abundantly blessed to be able to combine the two, touching the lives of others in the process as I champion the cause of putting one’s heart into one’s home … to celebrate its true meaning and value.
When I set out to undertake formal studies in the area of journalism and communications many moons ago, I knew I wanted to ultimately ‘write country’, but exactly how, when and where were certainly unclear in those formative years. Once I gained my degree I launched into a career in public relations, took a side track for a few years in the rag trade where I had my own clothing label, and then came back to journalism where I wrote, amongst other things, a regional title called Farmers & Graziers.
A love of the rural way was thus instilled. But not so much a hankering to don an Akubra and graze 1000 head of cattle, but more a passion to pursue a career investigating and writing about the look that is so firmly rooted in the countryside; is inspired by the colours and materials of Nature; and is continually evolving, exciting and vibrant.
Such a passion ultimately led me to conceive and launch onto the Australian market the hugely-successful Australian Country Collections, a magazine which held my attention, and my heart, for over 10 years and 39 issues! But if it’s true that with 40 comes a mid-life crisis and a hankering for change and new directions, then a mid-life magazine crisis was certainly had as I ultimately decided to face the new (and I’ll admit initially daunting) challenge of translating passion, skills and experiences to a fresh and exciting medium – the web. And so www.rickrutherford.com came into being.
Then in early 2005 my very own national title Rick Rutherford’s Country was launched. The bimonthly magazine quickly earned the same strong and dedicated following I experienced when running Australian Country Collections. To this band of wonderful readers across the nation and even in far-flung reaches overseas, I will always be indebted.
But life continues to change and is ever offering many new challenges. One such challenge has been the translation of Rick Rutherford’s Country from printed title to Australia’s first online country magazine. It has been an exciting new frontier to forge, and a new phase in life, as I have had the unique opportunity to reach a much broader audience across the globe.
The ultimate challenge however came about in late 2007 when I embraced the opportunity to finally translate ‘words into reality’ and establish Rick Rutherford’s Country – The Australian Country Collections Shoppe within a wonderful heritage building in Lawson, in the very heart of the NSW Blue Mountains. Then, at Easter 2009, a second store was launched – in the Blue Mountains famed heritage village of Leura. The two stores and the online magazine here have now become the main focus of my business activities,
My regular column – called ‘Along The Way’ – which appeared in Australian Country Craft and Decorating for several years has now been transferred to the website here (there are several editions archived here online for all to read) and another book and several other projects are also presently ‘on the boil’ for future development.
Indeed life is full, rich and rewarding, the greatest blessing being the kindred hearts with whom I continue to connect via the various professional interests with which I am involved.
CALL FOR FEEDBACK
With the extensive updating of the online magazine here, I am eager for all your feedback and input. Do you have something to say? A house you would like to see featured in the House Tours section? Some poetry or prose to contribute? Maybe even a business or interest you would like to plug. Whatever it is you would like to share, please contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be delighted to respond.
Come Join The Party
There’s a party going on … somewhere! To be precise, it’s being staged at the Blue Mountain’s beautiful heritage country gallery Rick Rutherford’s Country, and the guests are being feasted to more than just a glass of vino or two!
During the course of midyear Yulefest celebrations, this year Rick Rutherford’s Country saw huge numbers of new customers flood through the door who were drawn by the breathtaking displays and wonderful atmosphere of this unique mountain’s attraction. And many of them asked if they can ‘stay and party’, so the gallery has responded with an invitation to all to come and do just that!
Due to so many requests from customers interested in visiting the store after hours – in the company of a group of their own friends so that they can all enjoy the hugest selection of wares the country store has to offer – an exclusive party plan concept has been launched.
It’s so simple. A customer organises a group of 20 or more of their friends and relations who want a great night out and they then book the date. We supply wine for the gathering and the hostess supplies the nibbles. All guests receive 10% off everything in the store in $50, plus the hostess is entitled to an extra gift of a $100 shopping voucher to be spent either on the night or at any other time within a year!
It’s a wonderful opportunity to explore the gallery and shop in the company of your closest friends and like-minded country fans, as well as having the chance to view and purchase – ahead of other customers – many of the new lines that come into stock. And, on top of it all, it’s the promise of a great social activity. If you would like to ‘come join in the party’ all you need to do is gather up 20 friends and call us … we’ll organise the rest.